As co-owners of Trend Studios Orlando, Matthew Bengston and Anthony Cortes have cultivated a business that reflects their own areas of expertise. Matthew brings his skills as a stylist to the hair salon, where he and his team cut men’s and women’s hair, add highlights, and lengthen locks with extensions. For his part, Anthony draws on his talents as a teeth-whitening and airbrush-tanning specialist to oversee those branches of the studio. Both Matthew and Anthony go out of their way to ensure a comfortable experience for clients: Anthony’s airbrush tans, for example, employ an Evolv. Sidekick tanning system that warms up its tanning solution before gently misting skin. For the spa services in which they do not specialize, Matthew and Anthony employ a knowledgeable staff that performs massages, waxing treatments, and a cappella renditions of the spa’s relaxing soundtrack.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Gauzy curtains stretch from floor to ceiling inside Top of the Palms Spa, winnowing soft light out of harsh sunrays. Although these curtains block a sweeping view of Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort's palms and pools, they effectively separate guests from worldly concerns and nosy seagulls. In dimly lit treatment rooms with overstuffed beds, clients undergo botanical treatments that incorporate agave oil, coconut milk, lemongrass, and other natural ingredients. The spa's signature Coconut Palm massage melds the soft strokes and firm kneads of Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, and its signature pure fiji coconut oil softens skin with the help of aloe, chamomile, and seaweed.
Led by hairstylist and fashion designer Takayah Norris, the staff at Royalty Hair Palace Salon & Boutique aims to live up to their name, treating all of their clients like queens. They achieve this by approaching beauty from multiple angles: they sculpt stunning hairstyles, professionally apply make-up, summon fresh layers of skin with facials, and stock the racks of their boutique with custom-made clothes and accessories. Therapists also perform deep-tissue, Swedish, sports, shiatsu, and reflexology massages to soothe away any lingering stress spawned from choosing a hair color that best compliments your favorite pair of Groucho glasses.
The husband-and-wife team behind Pandi Acupuncture and Massage heals clients’ ailments with holistic treatments. The two turn to the therapies of traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and cupping, to redirect and balance the body’s flow of energy. Not discounting more local practices, they also incorporate modern Western techniques such as kinesio taping to reinforce muscles and poorly wrapped birthday presents. At the center of their practice is massage, which draws on the power of touch to banish stress from the body and mind.
Mercedes Gonzalez' bodywork techniques promote deep relaxation, but they also offer relief for more serious ailments. As a licensed massage therapist, she's worked with clients suffering from migraines, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, sciatica, tendonitis, chest congestion, and even insomnia. Guests can solicit Mercedes for a custom Swedish session, or access lower-layer aches with the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage or neuromuscular therapy.